Meet our team
We are aided by a fantastic and highly qualified team of dentists, dental therapists, hygienists, and dental nurses, who all share our passion for creating a practice that’s welcoming, family-friendly and comfortable for you, our patients.
BDS(Shef), MFDS RCS(Eng), DipDSed(UCL), MSc Prosth(Manc), MPhil Prosth(Manc)
GDC number: 83642
Dipesh, who is originally from the seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea, has gained a wide breadth of experience from working in several practices in the North West and also at Manchester Dental Hospital, where he has held posts teaching undergraduate and postgraduate dental students.
Since qualifying from Sheffield University in 2004 with clinical distinction, Dipesh’s enthusiasm for dentistry has led him to further his skills through a range of postgraduate qualifications. He holds membership with the Royal College of Surgeons England in recognition of further training within the hospital sector, a Diploma in Dental Sedation (for the treatment of anxious patients) and both clinical and research Masters degrees in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics (restoration and replacement of teeth).
As you can tell, Dipesh is very passionate about dentistry! It gives him immense satisfaction to help patients with their dental needs using a wide range of modern techniques and treatments. He particularly enjoys treating nervous patients and goes to great lengths to put everyone at ease to ensure a comfortable dental experience.
Outside of work, Dipesh enjoys spending time with his two active daughters and keeping fit with regular gym sessions. He also enjoys travelling to warmer climates and sampling different cuisines from around the world.
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BDS Hons (Shef), MJDF RCS(Eng), DipRestDent
GDC number: 83622
After leaving Sheffield University in 2004 with clinical distinction and honours, Vilas has worked at practices in Bolton, Manchester and Wigan. Vilas has also worked as an Educational Supervisor, helping to train newly qualified dentists in general dental practice. At Harwood Dental Care, Vilas provides routine general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental rehabilitation, and adult orthodontics. She is also trained to provide treatment under sedation for anxious patients. Vilas finds her job very rewarding and it gives her great pleasure to use her extensive skills to help people with their dental problems.
Vilas’ enthusiasm for dentistry has led her to achieve several postgraduate qualifications. These include the Diploma in Restorative Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons England, enabling her to carry out many advanced dental treatments. She is also a Member of the Joint Dental Faculty of England to recognise her further training in General Dental Practice. Vilas is currently working towards her Fellowship of the General Dental Practice Examinations to further her advanced qualifications.
Outside of work, Vilas is married to Dipesh and they have two beautiful girls, Avni and Naya. Both of whom keep them very busy!
Our dental clinicians:
BDS(Ncl), MFDS RCS(Ed), MJDF RCS(Eng), MSc OMFS(Manc)
GDC number: 103579
Jonathan qualified from the University of Newcastle in 2006 and has achieved a Masters degree with distinction in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. In addition Jonathan has received postgraduate training in conscious sedation allowing him to help anxious patients.
He is passionate about the fields of implant dentistry and oral surgery and currently works in several practices in the North West providing dental implants and oral surgery services. He also teaches part time on the University of Manchester MSc in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery course.
Jonathan has two young children and is married to a Helen. In his spare time Jonathan enjoys running, cycling and swimming as well as martial arts. Jonathan has a black belt in Karate and has recently completed a full Iron Man!
BDS(Ncl), MFDS RCPS(Glas)
GDC number: 229695
Rob graduated with BDS from Newcastle in 2012. Originally from Manchester, he returned to the North West to carry out his foundation training in Bolton and further study to gain Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
Rob is currently completing his specialist training in Endodontics at Liverpool Dental Hospital, where he holds a Speciality Registrar post with undergraduate teaching commitments. Rob is also undertaking a professional doctorate qualification (DDSc), carrying out research on the quality of life for patients undergoing endodontic treatment.
Rob attends numerous courses and conferences in the UK and internationally, and is a keen member of both the British Endodontic Society and European Society of Endodontology.
Away from dentistry, Rob is a keen footballer, golfer and skier (when time allows!) and has been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford for many years. He enjoys travelling with his wife Monica and other friends and family.
Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy Lpool 2014, NVQ L3 Dental Nursing & VRQ, L3 Dental Nursing City & Guilds 2009
GDC number: 188822
After working as a dental nurse for a number of years Lisa then wanted to be more hands on and so qualified from The University of Liverpool Dental School in 2014 as a Dental Hygiene / Therapist.
Now having over 10 years experience in dentistry Lisa possesses a genuine interest in the welfare of patients and is enthusiastic in helping patients achieve and maintain a high level of oral hygiene and dental fitness.
In her spare time Lisa is busy planning her wedding, enjoys long walks, cooking at home and eating out with family and friends. She has been to lots of holiday destinations but her favourite are the Greek islands.
LOUISE TODD - MILLER
Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy, Salford, 2008 National Certificate in Dental Nursing and Dental Nurse Hospital Exam, Manchester, 2001
GDC number: 141490
Louise was a dental nurse for 6 years before graduating from Greater Manchester School for Dental Care Professionals in 2008. After she has worked as a dental nurse at Manchester Dental Hospital, in the Community Dental Services and several General Dental Practices.
Her experience has allowed her to develop a meticulous attention to detail. She particularly enjoys putting patients at ease and motivating them to maintain their oral health.
In her free time Louise has a keen interest in food and loves trying new recipes especially Italian. She has a close family and enjoys taking my young niece and nephews on mini adventures.
Our reception team:
Cath joined the team at Harwood Dental Care in 2014 and works as our Reception Coordinator. Cath enjoys meeting all our patients and provides a friendly welcome when you come into the practice.
She enjoys being part of a modern practice which offers a variety of advanced dental treatments and enjoys helping to make patients feel at ease.
Cath has worked in dentistry since 1978 and qualified as a dental nurse in 1986. Her role as a manager has developed since 1990. She loves to share her knowledge and experience with the whole team and after working in Dentistry for so long she has a lot to offer!
To relax Cath enjoys walking, reading and gardening. She also likes to socialise with friends and family. She loves to cook at home and enjoys eating out. Her favourite food is anything Mediterranean. The South of France and the Greek Islands are her favourite choice for holidays but her ambition is to visit Italy.
National Certificate in Dental Nursing & Dip DPM
Elaine joined Harwood Dental Care in April 2016 and is our Practice Manager
She brought with her a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills acquired over a 30 year career in dentistry, from qualifying as dental nurse in 1995 and then as a practice manager in 2004.
In her spare time Elaine is a keen fell walker and spends a lot of time in the Lake District with her husband Mark. Elaine also likes to travel and is often off to the Far East travelling around the different countries, her favourite being Vietnam; she says she loves the diversity of the country and the food is amazing.
Elaine is also involved in the Dental Charity Bridge2Aid and travels out once a year for 2 weeks to help deliver a training programme to local health care workers in emergency dental access out in the rural areas of Tanzania. She is extremely passionate about her charity work and says doing this makes her realise how very fortunate she is in life.
JESSICA VAN LEEUWEN
Jessica joined the practice in September 2017 and is our new treatment co-ordinator. She loves to interact with people and will always welcome you with a smile.
Previously she has worked as a nursery nurse for 6 years and 2 years in retail. Dentistry is a new but very exciting challenge for Jessica and she enjoys learning new things every day.
Originally from the Netherlands, Jessica has lived in England with her English partner for the past 3 years. She enjoys the nature and loves to go out for day trips around England to see as much as she can. She also goes regularly to the gym to keep fit and enjoys an evening out to a restaurants and some drinks afterwards. Photography is her passion and loves to capture the beautiful moments in life.
Our dental nurses:
Diploma in Dental Nursing Level 3 QCF City & Guilds 2016
GDC number: 267234
Kimberley joined our practice in May 2017. Prior to this Kim has assisted in dental practices in Manchester City Centre and Ramsbottom.
Kim loves the variety of the job, but particularly enjoys cosmetic treatment such as teeth straightening as she finds it very rewarding seeing how happy patients are with the finished result.
In Kim’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, boyfriend and friends; whether is out walking her dog Blade the Cavapoo or catching up over food or even weekends away. Kim’s favourite food is a good roast dinner and her favourite holiday destination is anything which includes sunshine and a beach.
NVQ L3 Dental Nursing & VRQ L3 Dental Nursing City & Guilds 2010
GDC number: 196097
Vicky has worked in the dental industry for 10 years and gained her dental nursing qualification in 2010.
With having an inquisitive mind, Vicky enjoys continually learning and developing new skills with her dynamic job role. Vicky particularly enjoys helping patients improve their oral health and feel more confident with their smiles.
Outside of work Vicky has two young children who keep her very busy with lots of fun times.
National Diploma in Dental Nursing NEBDN 2016
GDC number: 263577
Vicki has worked at the practice for 3 years. She joined in 2014 as a trainee Dental Nurse and completed her National Diploma in Dental Nursing in 2016.
Vicki has relished the chance to assist with the many advanced dental treatments offered at Harwood Dental Care and, in particular, enjoys working with cosmetic dentistry and dental implant cases due to the transformational changes these treatments can provide. Vicki is also currently training to become one of our sedation nurses and also assists with the making of our dental appliances.
Always on the go, Vicki enjoys regular visits to the gym, endless shopping trips and travelling abroad. Her favourite holiday destination is Las Vegas, which suits her get up and go character to the ground!
NVQ L3 Oral Health Care:Dental Nursing & Indp Asses City & Guilds 2007
GDC number: 128622
Tracy joined the team at Harwood Dental Care in 2016. Tracy has been a dental nurse for 12 years and enjoys the varied roles of her job and assisting in the many advanced treatments offered at Harwood Dental Care.
Dentistry has changed much in the past 12 years and Tracy loves to gain more knowledge and skills in particular in cosmetic dentistry. She is keen to see the outcome and how it changes people’s lives.
In her spare time Tracy enjoys walking, going to the cinema and socialising with her family and friends. Her favourite holiday destination is the Lake District and she loves Italian food.